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Sup Holmes gets clayful with Mike and Ed from Pencil Test

Sup Holmes every Sunday at 4pm EST!
Oct 04
// Jonathan Holmes
[Sup Holmes is a weekly talk show for people that make great videogames. It airs live every Sunday at 4pm EST on YouTube, and can be found in Podcast form on Libsyn and iTunes.] [Update: Show's over every...
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Disney Infinity

Spend a Disney afternoon with John and Austin

Sup Holmes every Sunday at 4pm EST!
Oct 04
// Jonathan Holmes
[Sup Holmes is a weekly talk show for people that make great videogames. It airs live every Sunday at 4pm EST on YouTube, and can be found in Podcast form on Libsyn and iTunes.] Last Thursday, we were hap...
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Amazon Fire TV

Amazon Fire TV Gaming Edition comes with Shovel Knight

And a proper gamepad
Sep 17
// Jordan Devore
There's a new game-centric Fire TV bundle on the way and it sports a familiar controller. The Amazon Fire TV Gaming Edition packs in Shovel Knight, DuckTales: Remastered, a 32GB microSD card, and a wireless gamepad for $139.9...
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Streamin' Hansen

Spoilers! I'm streaming Metal Gear Solid V

Streamin' Hansen
Sep 07
// Steven Hansen
It is Labor Day and I have to work. Sad trombone. But I think playing Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain counts as work for me? Happy trombone! Of course, there will be SpOILerrrRRRrssSSSSSssss as I am already out of Afghan...

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YouTube Gaming

Google takes on Twitch today with YouTube Gaming

Will it pay off?
Aug 26
// Joe Parlock
Gaming is kind of a huge deal on YouTube -- it’s second only to music in terms of subscribers. The most subscribed channel on all of YouTube is PewDiePie, and he has been since December 2013. Elsewhere in the top 20 is ...
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Twitch Plays Dark Souls

Welp, Twitch is playing Dark Souls

One button at a time
Aug 14
// Steven Hansen
Twitch Plays Pokemon happened a year and a half ago. Participants all entered individual button presses willy-nilly to get through the entirety of Pokémon. Monkeys on a typewriter, and all that. Twitch has not been playing Dark Souls for 18 hours. I mean, if one person could beat the entire game with individual voice commands...nah. If it's your sort of thing, enjoy.

Review: AVerMedia Live Gamer EXTREME

Jun 29 // Jed Whitaker
Product: Live Gamer EXTREMEManufacturer: AVerMediaMSRP: $179.99 1080p, 60fps is the holy grail of console games these days and the Live Gamer EXTREME (LGX) handles those specs without issue. Footage looks exactly as intended by the game's developers. The LGX also has all the frills you'd expect a capture device to have such as HDMI input and output, its own recording software, but also includes some things I've never seen on other cards. Included in the box is an HDMI cable, a component cable, a 3.5mm cable, and a PS3 cable. The latter cable can be used to connect directly to a PS3 instead of connecting it with component cables, a feature only on the LGX, though I'm not sure how useful it is as it seems gamers and game publishers have mostly moved on from the previous generation. A component cable adapter is also included for capturing legacy consoles.  The included 3.5mm cable can be used to connect an external audio input source to be mixed into streams and captures alongside a 3.5mm microphone jack. Personally I opt to go with USB microphones, as they tend to offer a better sound quality overall, but for those on a tighter budget, a 3.5mm microphone might be a better fit as they are typically less expensive. The purpose of the 3.5mm jacks is to allow the LGX to be used in place of an external audio mixer, though most streaming software allows you to do this already. Also in the box is a manual, the Rec 2 -- AVerMedia's own capture and streaming software -- and a three-month subscription to the streaming software XSplit. I could go on for days about the various streaming software out there, but currently there is no one true winner. Rec 2 is pretty simple and great for beginners, allowing for picture in picture and layout designs with ease, while XSplit has more options and advanced features but runs a monthly fee. I personally use OBS, as it is free and covers most of my needs, though sometimes I still use Rec 2 or XSplit if they have a specific feature I need at the time.  The main feature that the LGX touts is ultra-low latency uncompressed video, meaning you see the game as intended with no real lag or delay between what you'd see on your TV. In my pseudo-scientific tests, I shot 240fps footage with my iPhone of my computer screen versus my TV screen with Mario Kart 8's timer on the screen, and found that AVerMedia's claim of under 0.05 seconds of latency is true. On average, it seemed be around 0.04 seconds, sometimes going up to .08 at worst and .02 at best. The latency is better than any previous capture device I've used and allows me to play off my computer screen instead of switching inputs, as I use a single-screen setup with my desktop in the living room connected to my TV. This allows me to react to my onscreen follower and subscriber alert without having an impact on my gameplay.  Also included is the ability to print your own cover image for branding and vanity purposes. It doesn't serve much purpose, in my opinion, but you can easily make what you'd like with the included cover creator software. I personally suggest a Red Bull can overlaid onto an image of Destiny for the coolest of covers. Overall, AVerMedia has made the Live Gamer EXTREME the capture device to beat. It is more feature rich than competitors at the same price point, and no other device has offered the minimal latency. [This review is based on retail hardware provided by the manufacturer.]
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Live streamer's delight
I've been making gaming videos and streaming for what seems like forever, and I've gone through my fair share of capture devices. My original card only did 720p and 30fps, required hard drives setup in a RAID, and only captur...

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cOculus Rift

Which VR headset will win? Porn has already decided

Porn, porn always changes
Jun 25
// Jed Whitaker
There is plenty of debate about which virtual reality headset will "win the war" and be the last one standing, but porn has already decided. Where porn goes so does technology, as can be seen in VHS vs. Betamax and Blu-ray v...
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Destructoid on Twitch

Destructoid Live: Gears of War beta, Kameo on Xbox One, and a revised controller

3.5mm and new bumpers
Jun 22
// Jed Whitaker
[Update: The live stream is over, but check out the replay below if you so wish.] Did you know that the Gears of War: Ultimate Edition beta is going on Xbox One right now? Do you care? Either way I'm going to be liv...

Watch the Nintendo E3 press conference live right here!

Jun 16 // Steven Hansen
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Can Nintendo take second at E3?
Is Nintendo playing catch up today after Sony knocked it out of the park? Or is Nintendo still playing its completely own game by virtue of a low spectacle, online-only showing? Will I be shaving a Metroid into Zack's head? ...

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Til Morning's Light, Skullgirls, and Sailor Moon actresses stream tonight

WayForward plays the greats
May 22
// Jonathan Holmes
[Til Morning's Light is a new horror adventure title from WayForward and Amazon Game Studios, bringing together talent from titles such as Aliens: Infestation, Skullgirls, and... Sailor Moon? We've got a v...
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YouTube live streaming

YouTube adds 1080p 60fps live streaming

Twitch gets competition
May 21
// Jed Whitaker
Looks like YouTube is making a big push to steal some of Twitch's streamers and audience. YouTube launched 60fps live streaming at 720p and 1080p today alongside an HTML5 player. While Twitch has had these features for s...
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The future is here: ESPN2 to air eSports live for the first time

Duh na na, duh na na
Apr 25
// Jed Whitaker
Not ESPN 3, ESPN2 is going to air the finals for the Heroes of the Storm collegiate tournament, appropriately titled Heroes of the Dorm, this Sunday at 6:30pm Pacific / 9:30pm Eastern. This marks the first time an eSports eve...
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Summa Aftershow

Summa Streams: Tropico 5 on PS4

Viewer participation is encouraged
Apr 17
// Robert Summa
Tropico 5 isn't out on the PlayStation 4 yet, but somehow we were able to snag a copy due to our overwhelming allegiance to the dark Gods. Set for release on April 28, this will be your first custom Dtoid play through of the ...
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Sup Holmes

Sup Holmes talks art, community, Wario, and Owlboy with Simon Anderson

Get to know the people who make great videogames
Apr 12
// Jonathan Holmes
[Sup Holmes is a weekly talk show for people that make great videogames. It airs live every Sunday at 4pm EST on YouTube, and can be found in Podcast form on Libsyn and iTunes.] [Update: Show's over folks...
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Team Fortress 2sdays: A Slight Change of Venue

Mar 17
// Mike Martin
The server isn’t moving, oh god no. There will be a change in where Saturday’s Between 2Fort will be broadcast, it will be on Streamtoid’s Twitch channel ( instead. I had way too many te...
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Team Fortress 2sdays: Between 2Fort with Vinnie Parisi

We're Back Baby!
Mar 10
// Mike Martin
It’s been far too long, but we’re back! Joining us on the fort next week is Indie Game Magazine editor in chief Vinny Parisi. For those who don’t know, Between 2Fort is an interview show held on the infamous...

EU FNF: Last Minute Before Bed Edition

Euro-style Friday Night Fights w/Dijon
Mar 06
// Mike Martin
I almost passed out without posting this. Then I realized I hadn't wrote anything yet (way to go dingus) and here we are. Crap. Sooooooooooo, I'm tired. It's 1:30am here and I have to be up at 7 to take kids to school and go ...
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XCOM stream

Destructoid saves the world! Sorry, Kyle

Filling my squad with Destructoid staff, heh heh heh
Feb 28
// Steven Hansen
Last time on Destructoid Saves the World, I looked around the map, panicked, to find that Kyle MacGregor had died. I didn't even see him go. It was tragic. Brett Makedonski is actually en route to my home at the moment, ...
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XCOM stream

Destructoid saves the world: XCOM hasn't killed any of us yet

Filling my XCOM squad with Destructoid staff
Jan 30
// Steven Hansen
Last time on Destructoid Saves the World, I made strained addiction analogies (not the Kanye song) and found a work-related reason to play XCOM. Now if only I can find a work-related reason to do nothing but play Puyo Pu...
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Porno metrics

Porn Wars! SugarDVD says Pornhub's wrong, PS4's still the big daddy

What am I doing with my life?
Jan 15
// Brett Makedonski
The console wars are raging, and they're raging hard. As with any struggle for supremacy, there are key battles and then there are the less meaningful fights. I think we can all agree that the likes of "best exclusives" and "...
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Destructoid plays XCOM

Destructoid saves the world: Come watch me play XCOM

Filling my XCOM squad with Destructoid staff
Jan 13
// Steven Hansen
I've not played anything more than turn-based strategy games in recent months, years. Massive Chalice. Invisible, Inc. Fire Emblem: Awakening. XCOM: Enemy Unknown. I started an Enemy Within playthrough one evening last y...
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Bayonetta 2

We're streaming Bayonetta 2 again tonight 'for the thrill'

Dtoid's GOTY 2014 never gets old
Jan 11
// Jonathan Holmes
Spatterhouse champ Caitlin Oliver and her trusty sidekick Kenny are coming back tonight at 9pm CMT to stream more of one of your favorite games of 2014, Bayonetta 2. Caitlin's got about half way through the game las...
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69 isn't the only porn number
Pornhub, which I am told by other people familiar with the webpage is a site for viewing adult, pornographic films, has released its statistical year in review. It's not as detailed on the videogame console side of things lik...

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Sup Holmes

Playable Pauline, shipping 120 games and #IDARB with Mike Mika

Get to know the people who make great videogames
Dec 14
// Jonathan Holmes
[Update: Show's over folks! Man, that was one whopper of a conversation. Turns out Mike has worked directly with Jimmy Fallon, Nintendo, Adam Sandler, Disney, and almost John Lithgow. Definitely of the most eye opening episo...

LIVE! Absinthe vs. The Talos Principle: A Most Distinguished Stream

This is the worst idea we've had since our last idea
Dec 08
// Max Scoville
You guys might recall (we sure as hell don't) a month or so ago, Devolver Digital sent me and Bill an early build of Titan Souls and a couple large bottles of some sort of ale made by wizards or monks or something. Bill and I...
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Sup Holmes

Sup Holmes goes live with Oddworld creator Lorne Lanning

Get to know the people who make great videogames
Nov 09
// Jonathan Holmes
[Sup Holmes is a weekly talk show for people that make great videogames. It airs live every Sunday at 4pm EST on Youtube, and can be found in Podcast form on Libsyn and iTunes.] We're going to start airin...
Crash...into me
[Update: Shows over, but you can watch me play through again in the video above.] Funny thing. I love racing videogames but I'm a terrible driver. In real life, too! Ask anyone that has ridden in my car. In fact, Hamza rode ...

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Live streaming site is no more

All eyes on Twitch
Aug 05
// Jordan Devore
After seven years, has been shut down. The live video site, mobile apps, and APIs are no longer in service as Twitch Interactive Inc.'s focus shifts entirely to its gaming-focused site, Twitch. Getting ready for th...
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Konami livestreaming new Metal Gear Solid V gameplay at gamescom

Geoff Keighley hosting live panel with Kojima to showcase new content
Jul 31
// Alessandro Fillari
It's looking like gamescom 2014 will be a pretty exciting show. With many of the big hitters set to unveil their new products, we've certainly got a lot to look forward to next month. Now, we've got another publisher ready to...

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